TRAI Has Released Telecommunication (Broadcasting & Cable) Services Digital Addressable Systems Audit Manual

TRAI Has Released Telecommunication (Broadcasting & Cable) Services Digital Addressable Systems Audit Manual

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Digital Addressable Systems Audit Manual.

To ensure the benefits of Digitization are effectively utilized, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) brought out a common regulatory framework for Digital Addressable Systems. This New Regulatory Framework comprises of Interconnection Regulations, 2017, Quality of Service Regulations, 2017  & Tariff Order, 2017.

The new regulatory framework trying to provide a level playing field to all the service providers, effective choice to consumers and orderly growth of the sector. It envisages a must carry and provide regime where interconnection agreements are based on transparent Reference Interconnect Offer.

The new framework envisages that the Distribution Platform Operators (DPOs) gets its systems audited every year so as to assure the Broadcasters that true subscription numbers are being reported. In cases where a broadcaster is not satisfied with the outcomes of audit undertaken by the DPO, a countervailing provision empowers the broadcaster to initiate an audit. Considering the importance of audit to establish the trust, industry Stakeholders suggested to provide an Audit Manual.

Consultation Paper on the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Digital Addressable Systems Audit Manual was issued on 29 March 2019. After receiving the comments, an Open House Discussion (OHD) was held on 20 June 2019 in Delhi to discuss the Draft Audit Manual.  The Audit Manual will be a guidance document for the audit process
as it specifies step-by-step process in simple language.

For any clarification / information, please contact Shri Anil Kumar Bhardwaj, Advisor (B&CS), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Tele No. +91-11-23237922.

To View The Audit Manual Issued by TRAI Dated: 8th November, 2019, Please Click Here

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